Racism: Deal With It Before It Gets Under Your Skin is one of the titles in the Deal With It Series created to assist adolescents with everyday conflicts in their lives and promotes peaceful resolution. This title examines the sources for racial and cultural conflicts as these relate to students. Stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination are defined with easy to understand examples presented in comic format, a quiz, letters to a Conflict Counsellor, do's and don'ts, and tips on how to deal with these issues.
When the Other is Me: Native Resistance Discourse, 1850-1990 is the long-anticipated book by Emma LaRocque, professor in the Department of Native Studies, University of Manitoba. Her work examines the state First Nations, Inuit, and Metis literature as it responds to the racist literature in Canadian historical and literary circles. The work addresses the themes of resistance, representation, dehumanization, invasion, internalization, difference, and criticism. The book contains an index and a bibliography.
Almost Fallen: Shelley Niro is a small art exhibition catalogue for the travelling exhibition by Mohawk artist Shelley Niro that was presented by the Cambridge Galleries and Urban Sham Gallery. Her work uses video and photography to draw the viewer's attention to the idea of stereotypes, First Nations identity and the Canadian landscape. Works such as the La Pieta, Tree, and Journey are featured and discussed in this catalogue.
The Middle of Everywhere is a powerful novel told in first-person narrative about a reluctant 15-year-old youth visiting his estranged father who is a respected teacher in Kangiqsualujjuaq, Quebec. Noah is nervous to visit his father in the far and desolate north because he really does not know his father and Noah really wants to remain living in Montreal with his mom and be close to all his school friends. But Noah's eyes are opened when he arrives in the small Inuit community. The first day he goes for a jog but his new-found pet dog is hit by a truck.
Oil King Courage is part of the Orca Sport Series and is targeted for reluctant readers who require high interest and low vocabulary books. This hockey oriented title contains an exciting sports context as well as mystery and friendship themes. The two main characters include Edmonton Oil Kings popular player Reuben Reuben and his friend Gear. Reuben is from Inuvik and when a wealthy entrepreneur sponsors a three-on-three pond-hockey tour across the western Arctic the boys sign up for the challenge. Reading Level: 4.1; ATOS Reading Level: 4.3; Guided Reading Level: Y.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by award-winning novelist Sherman Alexie offers male readers a humourous and accessible look at what the world can be like for a grade 9, geeky Native boy attending a wealthy high school off the reservation. Spokane youth, Junior (Arnold Spirit), shares the same Nation as his creator in addition to being born hydrocephalic. Junior comes from a dysfunctional family and a community that lives up to the stereotypical image of the drunken Indian.
The Berlin Blues is a play by Ojibwe playwright Drew Hayden Taylor that captures his characteristic satirical voice. In this play, the setting is a small Ojibwe reserve community facing the dilemma of sacrificing their traditional values for the exploitative economic development proposed by a German-based company. The business proposal drops into the lap of the band office's economic development officer who deals with a German couple who plan a theme-park called Ojibway World.
Kennewick Man: Perspectives on the Ancient One is a 2008 publication that contains 41 essays from writers with a variety of backgrounds about the highly contested remains of the Kennewick Man. The volume explores the variety of perspectives and reactions to the location and long-term possession of Kennewick Man's remains. In 1996 a nearly complete skeleton was located near Kennewick, Washington. Archaeologists claimed the remains and the naming rights. The Umatilla Tribe believed this skeleton to be one of their Ancient Ones.
In Defamiliarizing the Aboriginal: Cultural Practices and Decolonization in Canada, Julia V Emberley examines the historical production of Aboriginality in colonial cultural practices and its impact on the everyday lives of Indigenous women, youth, and children. Adopting a materialist-semiotic approach, Emberley explores the ways in which representational technologies - film, photography, and print culture, including legal documents and literature - were crucial to British colonial practices.
Makuk: A New History of Aboriginal-White Relations is a recent addition to the literature about the history Aboriginal and white relations along the Pacific Coast. Department of History at the University of Victoria professor John Sutton Lutz utilizes oral histories, manuscripts, newspaper accounts, biographies, and statistical analysis to describe the nature of First Nations involvement in the new economy following the arrival of Europeans until the 1970s.